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First-year students can shop sustainably

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/11/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Sustainable Move Out/In Sale on Tues., Sept. 15, 10-5 Collis Common Ground

In an effort to divert hundreds of cubic feet of trash from the landfill, Dartmouth’s Sustainability Initiative asked students give them their old stuff. Last June, students cleaned out their rooms, and rather than throwing away refrigerators, electronics, and dorm furnishings, they donated the items to the Sustainable Move Out Program. That program becomes the Sustainable Move In Sale on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The program is a cooperative effort of the Sustainability Initiative, Facilities, Operations and Management, Office of Residential Life, and Environmental Health and Safety.

Held in Collis Commonground, the sale targets the incoming Class of 2013 arriving on campus for orientation. This marks the fourth year of the Sustainable Move In Sale.

“It’s a great way for students to contribute to the sustainability efforts on our campus,” says Marissa Knodel, Sustainability Programs Specialist and a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2009. “The items on sale are in good shape, and there’s no reason not to re-use them.”

Profits from the sale support environmental initiatives on campus and in the community. Last year, more than $8,000 was raised, and a variety of projects were funded, including an effort to distribute re-usable grocery bags coordinated by Hanover High School students, a project to weatherize homes in nearby Vermont, establishing an aquaculture program at Dartmouth’s Organic Farm, and transporting students to an environmental lobbying summit in Washington D.C. Organizations submit proposals, and a committee of students and administrators make the decision about how to distribute the money.

Cash, check, and the Dartmouth “DA$H” card are accepted. A partial listing of items for sale (everything has been cleaned and tested to make sure it’s working):

  • small refrigerators
  • hot pots
  • desk lamps
  • plates, cups, flatware
  • automatic coffee makers
  • storage containers
  • note cards
  • highlighters
  • binders, folders
  • televisions
  • radios
  • bookcases
  • laundry baskets
  • drying racks
  • mirrors
  • cork boards
  • ice skates
  • baseball gloves

More information at or contact Marissa Knodel at 603-646-3227.

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